Sailing Uphill: a True Story [NOOK Book]

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Think of "sailing," the word, and all the idyllic images it evokes about visiting new and exciting places while enjoying sunny skies, refreshing free winds, crystal waters, aquatic life and gentle moonlight peeking between scudding clouds on balmy evenings. Imagine relaxing with a refreshing drink after each satisfying few hours of delight on the water, perhaps sharing experiences with other boaters and planning your next day's exciting, sun-blessed experience. Do these images tell a true story? Are they not ...
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Sailing Uphill: a True Story

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Overview

Think of "sailing," the word, and all the idyllic images it evokes about visiting new and exciting places while enjoying sunny skies, refreshing free winds, crystal waters, aquatic life and gentle moonlight peeking between scudding clouds on balmy evenings. Imagine relaxing with a refreshing drink after each satisfying few hours of delight on the water, perhaps sharing experiences with other boaters and planning your next day's exciting, sun-blessed experience. Do these images tell a true story? Are they not similar to those seen on TV advertising far-away locations and water parks and perfect people, perfectly dressed for their perfect fun and the enjoyment promised? Do these images represent reality part of the time? Practically none of the time? Choose the last answer, and you'll be knocking on Truth's door.

Could this true story be about a happily married, late middle-aged couple with limited finances, romantically cruising aboard a beautiful ocean-sailing yacht after years of nose-to-the-grindstone work, sacrifice, irony and setbacks? Sorry, no dice. Wrong story! The "adventures" unfolding in the following pages are not only at odds with armchair-reader myths about cruising under sail in general, but examine the subject of odds—that ratio of numbers expressing the probability of an event happening to the probability of its not happening. In a typical lottery with numbers ranging from one to fifty-two, the odds of success are billions to one. We should have chosen the lottery.

Sailing was the easy part. Getting the darned boat to go uphill was the problem.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016664897
  • Publisher: Twilight Times Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 396,020
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Gerald Mills pursued electrical engineering (electricity had just been invented) and the robotics industry kept him occupied until 1990. Occupations include (but not limited to): Electrical engineer (ret), concert pianist (ret), ocean sailor (ret), business owner (ret), salesman (ret), classroom teacher (ret), author, editor, piano technician, cat herder and doting husband. Gerry's list of occupations he can retire from is getting dangerously low. Scratch husband and cat herding, for obvious reasons.

Some years ago, Gerry took a brief sabbatical with Lori, his bride of twenty-eight years. They set out on a 45 foot ocean-sailing yacht, managing to terrorize most of the Canadian Maritimes and eastern seaboard for over a year before ending up in The Bahamas, where fortunes ran out.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Disappointing. I really love sailing, so was excited to see this

    Disappointing. I really love sailing, so was excited to see this new memoir. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed and found myself extremely bored about 10 pages in to the story. However, it made me realize that I might have several more exciting stories to tell and that I should write my own memoir.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Different view

    A completely differen view.of going to fulfill a dream of.cruising the islands, well written and a joy to read.

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